Alamat: Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar
A pinch of Dalì, a splash of Mirò and the exuberant nature of Bali animated by sensual feminine figures - we’re speaking of the paintings of Don Antonio Blanco, artist that came to the island in 1952 after many long voyages and who never left. Born in 1911 in Manila to Spanish parents, Blanco brought with him the Catalan style and creativity which still shines in his abode near Ubud. On the hills overlooking the Campuan River, the home-museum is an unexpected jewel - Spanish and Balinese architecture embrace, just as occurred in the life of the painter who married local ballerina Ni Ronji and surrendered forever to the island’s beauty. Lush gardens and a large aviary surround the building, while the extravagant interior evokes the charisma of its first inhabitants. Everything here speaks of “The Fabulous Blanco” - the studio where he painted until the age of 88, the vast hall covered in marble which hosts his masterpieces, the tropical garden where he liked to entertain guests from faraway lands, the collages, the paintings, the lithographs and the illustrated poems which trace his long career. There’s even a gallery dedicated to the works of his son Mario, a painter as well, who opened the home to the public, realising an old desire of his father.
Contemporary photography with an ancient taste with I Gusti Agung Wijaya Utama
The Balinese photographer I Gusti Agung Wijaya Utama S. Sn recreates the atmospheres of the past. His portraits, created with great attention to detail, are not the result of digital technology, but of an ancient process: the Afghan box camera.
It is one of the sacred dances of the of Bali Island, with a mystical meaning. The ceremony is intended to ask for salvation from a catastrophe or epidemic. The Sanghyang Dedari is different from other Balinese dances, because Sanghyang requires the dancer's body to be possessed.
Ikat Gallery: antiques and high craftsmanship on Bali Island
The Gallery opened its doors in 1980, initially as an antiques shop specializing in ikat fabrics and crafts. Over the years it has successfully expanded its research into the sector of luxury antique furniture and fine jewellery.